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To renew Radio or not to renew, that is the question.

It’s been nearly two months since I’ve made a post here, and while I do use Radio for some static site maintenance, I’m having a tough time deciding whether or not to renew it. My local home page, which I haven’t looked at in weeks, tells me I have 5 days left to decide.

One issue I have is that I can’t remember the last time there was any major (or even minor) update or new feature. I’ve been using the same beta for at least a year. I’ve been using Frontier since the initial release of Aretha years ago, and Radio since it was a beta product.

Dave’s been covering the issue of the new Movable Type pricing scheme, and I agree that $60 is a very reasonable price for a great piece of software, and at $40 Radio is a deal as well.

Scoble talks about some lean times at Userland, and how every $40 sale counted. I didn’t realize it at the time, and glad that my $40 helped. But times are tougher now. I’ve never spent $60 on a cab ride and $100 meals (for our family of 4) happen once every couple of years. Should I expect new features for $40 a year, or simply be happy to have the exisiting functionality at I admit is a pretty reasonable price?

Userland’s license allows me to keep using the product indefinitely without renewing, so what other incentive is there? Hosting on Weblogs.com? It has a few extra bells and whistles, but I can easily render it to the website on my ISP’s server. Is there anyone out there in the same boat? Convince me why I shoud renew, please. I’d like to, but my newly found inner miser is telling me to pass.

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